- Associated Press - Thursday, February 27, 2014

HONOLULU (AP) - Kauai County says it’s hired a Honolulu law firm to defend it against a lawsuit challenging a new law regulating the use of pesticides and the growing of genetically modified crops by large agricultural businesses.

The county said in a statement Thursday McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon LLP will represent the county against the lawsuit filed by four companies.

Several law firms had initially offered free legal help and the county had initially planned to rely on donated representation.

But the county said it received only one response to its formal request for pro bono services. The county rejected that attorney’s submission, partly because of a lack of relevant qualifications.

The Kauai County Council earlier this month authorized spending $75,000 to hire attorneys for the case.

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